Brevard North Carolina Real Estate Blog: Don't short change your health

Don't short change your health

It's been a tough year and we've all had to make choices about how we spend our time and our money. Eveyone I know is cutting back in ways they never thought of before. But please, don't cut back on your health. When money is tight, it's so easy to put off those important annual screenings...the ones that can save your life.  Stress is so hard on our health, (and who among us has NOT been stressed out this year!) so if you're experiencing some health issues that maybe you've never had before, please go see your doctor. Whether you have insurance or not, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The graveyards are full of people who wanted to save money on their health care.

There are alot of things in this world that we can't control. Our personal health care is one thing we can control. Here are 6 things you do right now!

1. If you have insurance, talk to your provider about what they will cover and what your options are. I learned this week, for instance, that for the cost of a $50 co-pay, I can save over $1,200 on a particular screening if I would be willing to drive a couple of hours to a specialist in another county. I think I can handle that.

2. If you don't exercise, start today. It can be something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

3. If your diet has deteriorated over this last year, start eating better today. Small changes can make a big difference.

4. If stress is affecting your mental and physical well being, address it head on with a yoga class, turning off the news for the day,  talking a walk with someone you love, meditation....or whatever it is that helps you release the stress your mind and body are holding onto.

5. If you have questions...get some answers. There are a myriad of websites out there so there's really no excuse for not knowing. These are just a few.

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Diabetes Association

American Lung Association

6. IF YOU ARE STILL SMOKING, PLEASE STOP. I MEAN IT!   PLEASE STOP SMOKING!!

Do these things for yourself, do them for the people you love, or do them for those who love you.  It's never too late to start.

 

 

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Comment balloon 0 commentsCarol Clay • December 16 2008 11:29AM

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